When I went to the pediatrician the other day, the Doctor told me that croup usually lasts 3-5 days and that day 3 was usually the worst. Since AK's fever had started Sunday and it was Tuesday, I figured I was in for a rough night. But AK slept through the night. "Woo-hoo! AK is so strong and resilient and that steroid is the bee's knees," I thought smugly.
I was so wrong.
Tuesday was likely DAY 1 of the croup. It was the first day she had croup-specific symptoms. That would make last night, Thursday, Day 3.
Worst. Night. Ever.
Actually, I guess I can't say ever, but my memory is short due to complete exhaustion and I have blacked out some of AK's and LP's newborn nights. But, I was up every hour on the hour. Her breathing was a little jagged, but she wasn't gasping. She was just needy. As in needing to see me three or four or five or SIX times overnight.
So, if yesterday was day 3 and if AK was up all night, today should be a really mellow day at home. "Lord, I hope I am right this time," she thinks, not smug at all.